The generosity of our alumni and friends drives innovation in education and research.

All gifts to the department allow our students and faculty to fulfill their own dreams and make a positive impact on their lives. Your gift can support scholarships, fellowships, professorships, academic programs and faculty research. These and other initiatives are not typically supported through state appropriations. It is your generosity that empowers MSE to achieve excellence in our research, teaching and public engagement mission.

Thank you for your support!

To support our students and faculty,
contact Sara Seltzer | | 919.515.3730

Ways to Give

There are many ways for you to make a gift to the MSE Department. We are happy to discuss any of the giving options in more detail and invite you to contact Sara Seltzer | | 919.515.3730 with your question.

MSE Enhancement Fund

The MSE Enhancement Fund addresses one of the department’s greatest needs, discretionary support. Every year we face the challenge of uncertain and shifting resources. Additionally, unanticipated opportunities arise that require swift action. Discretionary funds allow the Department Head to quickly respond to these opportunities and challenges. Over the last few years, these funds have supported:

  • Senior design projects
  • Awards recognition for students
  • Staff and faculty
  • New courses and programs
  • And much more

Your generosity makes an immediate impact on a student’s educational experience and life as well as supports the next exciting discovery in industrial engineering.

Your gift of $1,000 or more to the MSE Enhancement Fund will earn you membership in the Engineering Foundation’s Dean’s Circle. This is a comprehensive recognition society for all unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more to the College of Engineering and its departments.

Invest in the Future

To continue to flourish as a department of research and higher education, we must supply a steady stream of innovative research and continue to inspire leaders who will achieve in an increasingly global workforce. Our vision of becoming a top-five program will help to achieve this broader goal. We seek your investment and participation in meeting our vision.

Have questions? No problem. Sara Seltzer | | 919.515.3730 is happy to answer all of your questions.

Gifts of Cash

Outright gifts of cash are the easiest and most direct way to make a gift. Cash gifts can be made simply by writing a check payable to NC State Engineering Foundation, Inc. and mail your check to:

Sara Seltzer
MSE Director of Development
Campus Box 7906
Raleigh, NC 27695

Be sure to include a note with your check that states the purpose of your gift. The gift can then be easily recorded and you will be issued a receipt for your tax records. For more ways to give outright, see the Engineering Foundation’s Outright Gift Options.

Make checks payable to NC State Engineering Foundation (NCSEF) and include MSE Department in the memo

Endowed Professorships

Endowed professorships are the most important vehicle for recruiting and retaining talented research faculty. Endowments create funds that are used for salary support and research activities, including graduate assistants, equipment and course development. Through a matching program for distinguished professorships, the North Carolina General Assembly demonstrates its commitment to higher education and the importance that research faculty have on the state, its economy and the education of its citizens.

Merit- and Need-based Scholarships

Endowed scholarships provide donors with perhaps the greatest opportunity to make an impact on the greatest number of lives. These endowments are crucial to our ability to draw the best students from North Carolina and beyond into the College of Engineering, where their education will propel them to become the leaders of tomorrow. An endowment of $150,000 generates annual income roughly equivalent to a full year of tuition and fees. Endowments can be established for a minimum of $25,000.

Graduate Fellowships

Graduate students are primary agents of innovation within research-intensive schools of engineering like ours. Private support is essential to succeeding in the intense competition for top graduate students. Many of these students innovate in ways that can boost North Carolina’s economy for years to come. The minimum level to endow a graduate fellowship, which will be named for the donor in perpetuity, is $300,000.

Enhanced Academic Programs

Through its many academic programs, the department provides students with a wealth of opportunities to broaden their experiences. Donors can build new opportunities or greatly enhance existing programs to foster collaboration and team-building, and expose students and faculty to new and important ideas.

Have questions? No problem. Sara Seltzer | | 919.515.3730 is happy to answer all of your questions.

For more information about levels of endowed professorships, see NC State’s Engineering Foundation.